The Bible tells us, from cover to cover, that it is impossible to please God with a wicked, unredeemed heart. The Bible speaks out against hypocrisy and calls us to see our need for salvation, and then accept what Jesus Christ has done to provide it. The unredeemed person will not be at all comfortable among saints and angels, even if he attends church. There will be a constant prodding of his conscience until he, either, is offended or makes things right with the Lord.
What the unredeemed man or woman needs is to have his or her spiritual eyes opened. What is it to have your eyes opened? It is, first, to have Christ revealed to your soul. Then we receive Him. We give our lives to Him and then we enter the experience of eating His flesh and drinking His blood, not a ritual, but a spiritual experience of the heart.
It is a heart-entering revelation when Jesus comes into our lives. Is this salvation necessary? Yes! Yes! Yes! A thousand times, yes!
Why do we need salvation and what does God open our eyes to? Firstly, we have our eyes opened to the fact that we are sinners. The unsaved man lives recklessly, indulging in every forbidden fruit that is before him, violating his conscience and then excusing his actions. Many men would destroy God, if they could, because they do not like God’s rules.
Having our eyes opened is more than just seeing our sin. It is seeing what Jesus Christ has done for us. Jesus Christ, the holy Son of God, came to earth. He was treated terribly. He was treated like a sinner even though he was totally pure. He was sentenced to death, beaten, whipped and nailed to a cross. There He died. It was all for a reason. Scripture says; “But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.” (Hebrews 2.9). What does this mean? Jesus tasted death for all people; His death was an atonement. He died to take the penalty that we should have to pay. He died as our substitute. He became the great mediator between mankind and God.
Now, let’s make it personal. Jesus died for mankind. This means He died for you, for your sins, for your salvation. He knew that you couldn’t make it any other way. It cost Him everything, but He chose this and went the whole way to the cross for you, and for me.
So, what do we do with this truth. First, we believe. Believe that He died for you and also that He rose from the dead. Exercise faith. Faith is a heart-trust in the person of Jesus Christ. It is a shift from trusting in yourself to trusting in Him. Next, we must repent. Repentance is a turning of our lives towards the Lord. It is a forsaking of our own will and ways and choosing to follow Jesus. It is a commitment that we make to the Lord.
I have said that it is impossible to please the Lord with an unredeemed heart. However, the heart of a man or woman need not stay in this state. Salvation is necessary. If you have not done so, make the choice of exercising faith and repentance.
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